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Fermanagh's Boatyard Distillery produces its first gin

Joe McGirr has presented his first gin to the market

FERMANAGH artisan producer Boatyard Distillery has launched its first product to market.

Boatyard Double Gin is the first offering from the company founded by Joe McGirr.

Located on the shores of Lough Erne, the distillery is thought be one the only producers in the world accessible by land and water.

Mr McGirr said his newest spirit was "flavourful and refreshing" and reflects the landscape and botany of the lakelands.

"Our gin is very special as the organically produced wheat spirit goes through a double contact distillation process for a more pronounced flavour, hence the name," he said.

“It is then infused and distilled with sweet-gale foraged from the bogs of Fermanagh, along with the more familiar notes of juniper, lemon and five other botanicals, to give Boatyard a distinctive taste profile. We use our own base spirit created using a Champagne yeast, making a very unique drink which is already going down very well with customers.”

The company has been given full planning permission to construct two new buildings on the site, the first phase of which will see the creation of a visitor centre.

There are other plans to create a vodka production area.

“It was a dream of mine to open my own distillery at home and produce a spirit of this quality," said Mr McGirr.

"We will shortly begin work on Boatyard vodka and rum and our plan is to open the distillery to the public. The beauty of Fermanagh, aligned to the craftsmanship of our distillery - well it would be a shame to keep that hidden from the public."

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